It’s a Matter of Perspective: How Children Learn Attitudes

Carolyn’s Online Magazine (#COMe)


How Do Children Learn Attitudes?

As people in the moderately busy mall passed by Mary they observed her bottle feeding an infant, Kiesha. A mother holding the hand of a child about 3-years old noted the scene. She abruptly pulled the child away. As they passed by Mary could hear her telling the child Isn’t it disgusting?

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Shortly thereafter, when Kiesha’s appetite was satisfied, Mary rose to continue her shopping. It wasn’t long before they passed another mother, also holding on to a small child. When this mother pointed to Kiesha Mary heard her say Look, isn’t that baby cute?

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Implicit in these situations is the question How do children develop their attitudes towards someone different? Perhaps the answers are within the stories.

Keisha left Mary’s home after a 7-month stay. After the foster child returned to her biological mom Mary and her family missed their temporary family member.


About carolyncholland

In several if my nine lives I have been a medical lab technician and a human service worker specializing in child day care, adoptions and family abuse. Currently I am a photo/journalist/writer working on a novel and a short story. My general writings can be viewed at My novel site is
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